Disclaimer: I don’t have anything against Gamepress writers or their analysis on Pokemon, it’s totally the other way around.
When I read about Gamepress Deoxys forms analysis (Attack and Normal forme), I saw so much hate because they have terrible defenses. Now, this is true on paper (46 for the Attack-Forme one and 115 for the Normal-Forme) but they’re more useful as we could think (On PVE porpouses)
In my personal experience with them, I’ll talk separately about both:
1.- Attack-Forme: Probably the most controversial one for having the highest attack in the game and less defense than Caterpie’s. I use a 98% one with Poison Jab and Dark Pulse (I switch it’s fast move depending on it’s uses). Nowadays, we’re able to dodge Charged moves without much danger, this makes Attack-Forme Deoxys somewhat usable. Armored Mewtwo, Cresselia, Azelf, Gengar, Alakazam, Claydol and Hypno raids. Deoxys Attack-Forme was my lead in all of them, getting great times and DPS. I’ve gave them credit about how awful Psycho Boost is, because it does so low damage and the cooldown it’s just horrible, but Deoxys Attack-Forme works perfectly fine as a Dark-type attacker despite been risky to use.
2.- Normal-Forme: At least this one has 115 defense. If people use Sharpedo (which has 86 defense) why not use Deoxys Normal-Forme too? It has an interesting niche having the highest Electric-type DPS in the game! With Charge Beam + Thunderbolt it’s a nice pick on rainy weather raids. My brother and I use them as leads on Lapras raids. And, again, with the actual dodge mechanics it’ll survive longer. I’m not saying you’ll need an entire team of them, just use one. You won’t regret it.
What are your thoughts on these two? Maybe you use them. Maybe they aren’t your cup of tea. As for me, they’re both amazing attackers.